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Links to stories concerning our region in other media:

The New York Times
Mary Stuart Masterson, Actress and Beekeeper

Five years ago, Masterson and her family traded in city life for a small town in Upstate NY.

The Wall Street Journal
The Berkshires Town That’s Becoming a Cultural Hub

This summer, North Adams welcomes a series of cutting-edge art and hospitality projects—and that’s only the beginning.

The New York Times
Walking Over the Hudson: Lofty Valley Views Where Trains Once Rumbled

The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world is Poughkeepsie, N.Y.‘s Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

Architectural Digest
The Art Capital of New England is a Former Factory Town

Contemporary art continues to redefine North Adams, Mass. an industrial gem at the heart of the Berkshires.

Architectural Digest
A Hillsdale, N.Y. Couple Turn a 1970’s Ranch Home into a Modern Farmhouse

Jade-Snow Carroll and her husband, Ian Rasch, kept only the foundation during this completely modern remodel.

Design Tips from an Ultra Modern Farmhouse

Pilar Proffitt and Robert Bristow of Poesis Design offer advice and a look inside their Lakeville, Conn. home.

Linda Lavin and Husband to Open Restaurant in Claverack

The former “Alice” star and Broadway actress, and her actor-husband Steve Bakunas, have purchased the former Yorkshire Farms Restaurant and Tavern.

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Drinks On The Waterfront A Contender For Celebrating Hudson

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We were already looking forward to Historic Hudson’s Drinks on the Waterfront event, to be held on the property of the historic and abandoned Dunn Warehouse on Friday, Sept. 1. But now that the city has received a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant to develop the area — including funds for Dunn’s — the party is a can't miss. Reporter Jamie Larson talked with those involved to get more information on what the grant means for the city, which is known for its beautiful buildings and residents passionately engaged in politics and preservation. Though the details of the projects to come aren’t clear yet, things are looking bright for Dunn’s on the waterfront, which is one of the only remnants (along with the Basilica) of Hudson’s industrial past. Get the details...and get your tickets.

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Worth The Wait: Revival Of 'Company' At Barrington Stage

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“Frenzy” is about the only way you can describe the scene as Sondheim fans awaited the revival of “Company” at Barrington Stage. “It’s Sondheim, and it’s like going to church,” says Charlie Siedenburg, the theater’s press director. And then there’s the casting: Aaron Tveit, star of Broadway, movies and TV, whose fans have been snapping up tickets from Australia and Japan to Italy and Ireland to see him play the central figure, Bobby. That’s a big lead up. Has the production met expectations? RI founding editor and our reviewer, Dan Shaw, says it has. It’s running through Sept. 2, but Sondheim and theater lovers best get tickets now before it’s too late.

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While meandering through his Columbia County property, journalist and commentator Ralph Gardner Jr. got to thinking about the qualities of light in August. There’s something psychological about it, he says, and it encourages you to give nature, and perhaps yourself, a second look.

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This week, we partied our hats off in Washington Depot with the decked out guests of Tea for Two Hundred, sipped cocktails on the terrace with some of The Mount’s major supporters, and bid a fond farewell to IS183’s executive director Hope Sullivan, who’s moving out of the RI region.

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While its location may feel like a secret, its reputation is anything but, says our reviewer. To start with, it offers a rooftop terrace (with its own herb garden) as the prelude to a knockout menu, including a dessert special unlike any other. Find out why everyone's going to Hanq's.

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We’ve come to expect that Lisa Fielding’s recipes will include an ingredient that adds a piquant touch to a menu staple. But in her guacamole, it’s what’s not in it: tomatoes. Leave those out (that’s for salsa). Read on for her tips to make the best guacamole and your own fresh corn chips.

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Originating in New England in the 17th century, the Cape-style home continues to be popular here due to its simplicity and ability to retain warmth in winter. But you’ll also love this week’s classic Capes for their privacy, gorgeous acreages, and proximity to lakes, rivers and hiking trails.

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This Kent, Conn. teacher, literacy tutor and freelance writer has another skill that she’s honed for years. Sadtler is an internationally certified natural henna artist, and she’ll be appearing at farmers markets, libraries and other venues in Litchfield County to share her craft with others.

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For even more information about upcoming events, check out our Dining, Music & Dance, Visual Arts, Shopping, Books, Theater, Movies, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to

Aug. 21, Red Hook Community Eclipse Party Red Hook Library will provide safe-viewing glasses free of charge, physics & astronomy activities for the whole family, and demos about how solar eclipses work. Linden Ave. Middle School, 1 p.m.

Aug. 21, Stockbridge First Congregational Church Alison Larkin presents a celebration and performance of Devil’s Trill – The Audiobook with author and guest violinist Gerald Elias, narrator Jim Frangione, and members of the Stockbridge Sinfonia. 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 21, Pittsfield Hotel on North Libations with Librarians: a new book club in the Lounge, this month featuring Berkshire Athenaeum librarian Alex Geller and Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. 6-8 p.m.

Aug. 22, Stockbridge Red Lion Inn Drink Pink on the Porch Pop-up: Dan Thomas will lead an informal, free tasting of dry rosés from around the world. All rosés will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle to enjoy on the porch or dining areas. 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Aug. 23, North Adams MCLA’s Design Lab Folk rock singer-songwriter Simon Joyner will perform an intimate concert as a trio with Omaha musicians Kevin Donahue & Tom May. Northampton’s Lady Jane (Esperanza Friel) will open the show. 8 p.m.

Aug. 26, Becket Jacob’s Pillow Dog Dance: Dance exchange artist Elizabeth Johnson will lead you & your leashed canine through a series of simple movements. The event will also feature local pet vendors & the opportunity to win pet prizes. 11 a.m. 

Aug. 26, Great Barrington Berkshire Bash: Hot Summer Swing A day-long, outdoor festival featuring headliners Squirrel Nut Zippers and local bands The Lucky 5 and Blue Light Trio, plus beer and great summer food. Ski Butternut, 3–8 p.m.

Aug. 26, Ghent Omi Concert in The Fields: a unique concert of new global music from current Music Omi resident artists, presented outdoors in the Fields Sculpture Park. 5 p.m.

Aug. 26, Hillsdale Grillsdale An evening of local food, libations & live music, this year with a craft brew tent. The food will be created by regional chefs in a friendly competition that will showcase their grill skills & the quality of local meat & produce. Roeliff Jansen Park, 6:30-11 p.m.

Aug. 26, Becket Jacob’s Pillow Festival Finale Dance the night away at the ultimate Pillow party, featuring closing weekend performances, drinks, hors d’oeuvres & an epic dance party with DJ BFG included. 

Aug. 27, Sheffield Food, Farming & Our Future A benefit for Berkshire Grown featuring brunch by The Old Inn on the Green & The Southfield Store, followed by a conversation with Dan Barber of Blue Hill NY & NY Times columnist Paul Krugman. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Aug. 29, Lenox Tanglewood Sting, touring behind his latest album, 57th & 9th, will be joined by a 3-piece band including guitarist Dominic Miller, Josh Freese on drums & Rufus Miller on guitar, with backing vocals from members of The Last Bandoleros & Joe Sumner. Shed, 8 p.m.

Aug. 30, Lenox Tanglewood The Popular Artist Series presents Diana Ross, one of the most iconic female singers of all time. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 7 p.m.

Sept. 1, Hudson Drinks on the Waterfront Entry to this benefit for Historic Hudson includes three central European wines from Hudson Wine Merchants paired with food from Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions. The Dunn Warehouse Yard, 4–7 p.m.

Sept. 1–3, Cornwall Cornwall Library Labor Day Weekend Art Sale: a benefit for the Library, with an opening reception on Friday from 5–8 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sept. 1–4, Spencertown Festival of Books Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s annual giant used book sale; readings, signings & discussions with national & local authors; teen short story contest & children’s program. Early buying cocktail party on Fri. 6-8 p.m.

Sept. 2, Claverack Columbia-Greene Garden Party This fundraiser for the Alliance for Positive Health will feature gourmet samplings, live entertainment & an array of silent auction items at the home of acclaimed film director James Ivory. 3-6 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
Dining Intelligence (Listings of Food and Drink Events & Restaurant Features)
Music & Dance Listings
Visual Arts Listings
Local Shopping Listings
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Save the Date Listings
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